(Yicai Global) Oct. 30 -- Nurse sharing is set to help those born in the 1980s, the decade representing the largest proportion of Chinese born during the one-child policy, look after their parents in China.
A recently unveiled Beijing-based program plans to recruit over 10,000 professional nurses to visit aged empty-nesters in over 300 cities.
Beijing Meixin Technology Co.'s affiliated comprehensive door-to-door nursing service platform Champion Nurse and more than 20 social institutions, including the Aged Care Alliance of the 1980s, Beijing Elderly Volunteer Association and Union Doctors Group, initiated the scheme. They plan to invest USD3 million (CNY20 million) from this month to September 2022 to provide over 150,000 visits to aged Chinese who are living alone.
The number of those over 60 in the country will increase to 255 million, accounting for 17.8 percent of the population, and the number of old folks living alone will rise to 118 million, per pension planning the State Council released this year.
More than 90 percent of China's elderly choose in-home care, but the service providers generally do not have professional nursing knowledge, which causes a continuously increasing need for in-home nursing, Champion Nurse co-founder Ding Shaolei said. Introducing door-to-door nursing services creates a nurse sharing model that increases the income of nurses and satisfies the demand for in-home elderly care, Ding said.
The program has tentatively set the price of a single door-to-door visit at CNY50, and the corresponding market price is above CNY400, Ding said.